BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 02 C230 Kompressor
Location: San Diego, for the moment
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RE: 1996 C36 AMG vs. 2004 Altima SE-R
See, again, the old addage comes in: you're comparing apples to oranges.
Now that you're talking about the new (read: ***2005***) Altima SE-R a whole host of other issues come into play such as price, low miles, etc.
As to your question of who would win in a "race" or whatever you want to call it, here are some numbers to chew on:
___________ 1996 M/B C36 AMG _____________
Price: $51,925 (roughly)
Miles Per Gallon: --/-- mpg
Curb Weight: 3550 lbs
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Displacement: 3606 cc
Horsepower: 268 bhp @ 5750 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Redline: 6400 rpm
0-60 mph: 6.0 sec
0-100 mph: 15.1 sec
Quarter Mile: 14.5 sec @ 98 mph
Top Speed: 155 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph: 120 ft
Slalom Speed: 66.5 mph
____________ 2005 Altima SE-R ____________
Price: New, ~$30,000
Standard Engine 3.5L V6Standard
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
Horsepower @ RPM 260 @ 5800
Torque @ RPM 250 @ 4400
Curb Weight MT 3279
Curb Weight AT 3316
I couldn't find much info on 0-60/Quarter-mile times as it is so new. I did find one site that quoted the 0-60 as being "<5.3 sec" but that sounds off by at least a second judging the power-to-weight ratio of the car and knowing its a front wheel drive.
As for paper drag racing, it sounds to me not knowing what the final Altima specs are that the MB would probably be the better car all around. More HP/TQ means better roll on power on the freeway like you asked.
However, from the looks of it, the Benz would be nine years older and 20k more for one in good condition with good miles!!
But, I would still buy the Benz as the only Nissan I do like is the Skyline R-33/34 SE-R and an Altima is obviously NOT a Skyline.
The Benz would be more expensive and older, but I would bet that it would still outperform the Altima, not to mention doing it with more style and comfort. M/B make amazing cars and in my opinion very few Japanese makers can come close to melding the performance and luxury that Benz can.
Hope this helps.